HTC's low-cost micro-splash Desire 530 coming to US carriers

HTC announced the Desire 530 at Mobile World Congress in February and will now bring this attractive, low-cost Android smartphone to US customers.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
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It's not often we see HTC Desire devices released in the US, but HTC has announced its Desire 530 will soon be available from T-Mobile and Verizon, along with an unlocked model directly from HTC.

The HTC Desire 530 is a low-end Android smartphone available at a reasonable $159.99 to $179, with its claim to fame being the micro-splash polycarbonate shell. The micro-splash effect looks like something that happens when you shake a wet paint brush at a wall. HTC states that every one of the HTC Desire 530 phones is unique because of the application method of the finish.

While the HTC Desire 530 is an entry-level device, it's launching with Android 6 Marshmallow and has an amplified headphone jack and an 8-megapixel camera with a BSI sensor, so it should provide decent performance.

Specifications of the HTC Desire 530 include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core 1.1 GHz processor
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720-pixel resolution Super LCD display
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage and microSD expansion card slot
  • 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera
  • 2,200mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm and 140 grams
  • Colors: Blue Lagoon, Sprinkle White, or Stratus White

T-Mobile will sell the HTC Desire 530 in Sprinkle White for $159.99 or $6.67 for 24 months, starting 13 July. Verizon will also sell the Desire 530 this month.

HTC will sell an unlocked version in Sprinkle White directly from HTC.com for $179 later this month.

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